FORT KNOX, KY. – Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) 1st Regiment graduated from summer training on Wednesday June 30th at Fort Knox after completing 30 days of training toward becoming future Army leaders.
CLC 1ST Regiment graduated in honor of 1st Lt. Doyle M. Hufstedler, III, a graduate of Texas A&M University. Hufstedler was killed in action on March 31st, 2004. Hufstedler’s widow, Leslie, daughter Grace, and his parents, Kathleen and Doyle Hufstedler Jr., were present at the graduation ceremony in his honor.
Cdt. Jalen Brown, Tennessee Tech University, native of Chattanooga, Tenn., just completed his CLC training.
“I think the speech about leaving a legacy really hit home, because this is our last year of ROTC,” Brown said, “A legacy carries with you, you leave it behind for your soldiers. That was the most inspirational thing I heard.”
Cdt. Michaela Lawler, University of Idaho, native of South Kingston, R.I., is ready to return to her university and instill her knowledge on the younger Cadets.
“The 30 days are over, so now we can go back and teach the underclassman about what we did here,” Lawler said, “The training was different from what we were expecting, but I think it was a great way to meet different leaders and to learn different leadership styles. Everything was about learning from other people and getting the most out of what you can while you are here.”
Brown suggests studying before arriving at CLC to prepare for training.
“I feel good that CLC is over, it was a great experience here at Fort Knox. The tactics were the most difficult,” Brown said, “The advice I would give to anyone going to come here, is really study up on your tactics and technical skills. Learn what you can, get your feedback, and keep pressing forward.”
The graduation ceremony followed the events of formation of troops, presentation of command and honors, invocation, honors to the nation, Cadet cannonade, Cadet creed, presentation of awards, reviewing officer’s address, pass in review, army song, and the conclusion of the ceremony.
The Cadets will now finish their final year of ROTC at their respective universities before commissioning as Army officers.